Fighting Hunger

Why Hunger Action Month?

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Growing up in rural Mifflin County my family was far from well-to-do. My father had his own small business and I overheard many conversations between him and my mother on the continuing financial struggles they faced. I didn’t consider us “poor” because we couldn’t buy the newest clothes or toys, but I was aware that money was very tight. While my parents worried about the family budget, one thing that was always available was food. My only thought of hunger was being reprimanded to eat my lima beans because “there are starving kids in Africa who would love to have them”. I know I wasn’t the only child to hear that growing up. That was my perception of hunger.

After graduating from college and moving to Harrisburg, one of my first assignments was to cover the opening of a new soup kitchen in Harrisburg, Downtown Daily Bread. I was astounded to see people, lots of people, standing in line for a meal. This was totally foreign to me. I had no idea people right here in Harrisburg had no food and had to come to a soup kitchen for a meal. That sight, and their plight, changed me. I vowed to become involved and I began to volunteer my time to help others and do what I could to help those less fortunate.

Fast forward a few years (OK, maybe more than a few) and I began working at the Food Bank. Every day my work here at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank drives home how many people in central PA are struggling with hunger. I see and hear about hunger every day and I am still astounded by the sheer number of people seeking help. I recently visited a food pantry in Lancaster County and the board president of Conestoga Valley Christian Community Services told me most people living in their school district have no idea there are hungry people living there. I think this is true in most communities. Hunger is still “starving kids in Africa”, not kids living in our neighborhoods or seniors who are making tough choices to survive.

This is why the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank participates in Hunger Action Month activities and why we encourage you to get involved. We need everyone to know 1 in 7 people, and sadly 1 in 5 kids, are at-risk for hunger here in our communities. September is the time for everyone to come together and make a difference for those suffering the indignity of hunger. Change your Facebook page to orange. Write to your Congressman and ask for support of the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act of 2015. Conduct a food drive. Tell someone. Take action. Do something. You can make a profound difference in someone’s life.

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Joe Arthur

Joe Arthur

As the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Executive Director, Joe Arthur serves as the Food Bank’s principal ambassador, regularly presenting on the issue of hunger in Pennsylvania. Joe joined the Food Bank in 2008 after working 23 years in finance and accounting management.

Diane Powell

Diane Powell

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David Lloyd

David Lloyd

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Tara Davis

Tara Davis

Tara Davis is the SNAP Outreach Manager for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. With 15+ years of nonprofit experience, Tara has spent the last eight years fighting hunger with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Initially, Tara began her career at the Food Bank managing special events and moving on to re-designing and managing the website as well as supporting other endeavors within the Communications & Marketing Department. This past spring she became a part of the Agency Relations Department and took on the new role as SNAP Outreach Manager.

Brad Peterson

Brad Peterson

For more than five years Brad has utilized his skill and experience for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in the fight against hunger. Brad brings 20+ years of nonprofit experience in communications, marketing, public relations and branding to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and as the Director of Communications and Marketing, Brad manages all internal and external communications, public and community relations, marketing, social media and website content, special event planning and brand awareness for the Food Bank.

Katie Wetzel

Katie Wetzel

Katie Wetzel serves as the Marketing Manager at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. In her role, she supervises the design, production and distribution of Food Bank print materials and leads efforts to produce and deploy relevant and engaging content through digital communication channels. Prior to moving into her current role, Katie managed the Food Bank’s volunteer and food drive programs from 2012-2014.

Shelly Shultz

Shelly Shultz

Shelly Shultz is part of the Marketing Team at Dutch Valley Food Distributors. She is also pursuing a degree in Organizational Leadership and has a passion for helping people grow and achieve their goals.

Allan Rupert

Allan Rupert

Chef Allan Rupert, executive chef at Final Cut Steakhouse, is a graduate of America’s most renowned culinary school, the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. After graduation, Chef Rupert traveled the country and worked at an array of top destination resorts and casinos including Caesars Lake Tahoe, Caesars Palace Las Vegas, the LaJallo Beach & Tennis Club, Sky City Restaurant at the Needle in Seattle and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, among others.

Harrisburg

3908 Corey Road

Harrisburg, PA 17109

717.564.1700

717.561.4636 (fax)

Office Hours:
M-TR: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Williamsport

3301 Wahoo Drive

Williamsport, PA 17701

570.321.8023

570.321.8024 (fax)

Office Hours:
M-TR: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
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